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Bee Wolf Wasp Beewolves (genus Philanthus), also known as bee-hunters or bee-killer wasps, are solitary, predatory wasps, most of which prey on bees, hence their common name. The adult females dig tunnels in the ground for nesting, while the territorial males mark twigs and other objects with pheromones to claim the territory from competing males. Bee wolf,European beewolf,Insects,Northern Cape,Philanthus triangulum,bee,bee-hunter,bee-killer wasps,wasp,wasp eating bee Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Bee Wolf Wasp

Beewolves (genus Philanthus), also known as bee-hunters or bee-killer wasps, are solitary, predatory wasps, most of which prey on bees, hence their common name. The adult females dig tunnels in the ground for nesting, while the territorial males mark twigs and other objects with pheromones to claim the territory from competing males.

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  1. To ID you'll need to get down to the species level. There are quite a few - 135, but you may be able to narrow it down by your location. Posted 4 years ago
    1. I've gone into species and wasps and typed in Philanthus (which is from Wiki) and it doesn't call up anything :( What am I doing wrong? Posted 4 years ago
      1. Philianthus is the genus, which is one step up in classification from species. There are 135 species of bee wasp in the genus Philianthus. Posted 4 years ago
        1. I've looked through some of these and I THINK this is a European beewolf although they are found in North Africa - maybe they headed south? :) We are in the Northern Cape :) Posted 4 years ago
          1. Philanthus triangulum is found in South Africa.
            http://zipcodezoo.com/index.php/Philanthus_triangulum
            Posted 4 years ago
            1. Thank you for this Posted 4 years ago
  2. I've never heard of Beewolves. Thanks for sharing this. Posted 4 years ago
    1. I'd never heard of them either but tried to identify the species so googles bee eating wasps in the northern cape and found it :) Posted 4 years ago

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''Philanthus triangulum'', commonly known as the European beewolf or the bee-eating philanthus , is a solitary wasp that lives in Europe and Northern Africa. Although the adults of the species are herbivores , the species derives its name from the behavior of the inseminated females, who hunt Western honey bees. The female places several of its paralyzed prey together with an egg in a small underground chamber, to serve as food for the wasp larvae. All members of the genus ''Philanthus'' hunt various.. more

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Uploaded Mar 23, 2016. Captured Mar 23, 2016 09:18 in R388, Hopetown, 8750, South Africa.
  • PENTAX K-5 II
  • f/6.3
  • 1/4000s
  • ISO400
  • 250mm